After dropping Monday’s game in a futile offensive effort, the Los Angeles Dodgers were looking for a better performance against Philadelphia Phillies starter A.J. Burnett. Meanwhile, Hyun-Jin Ryu took the mound looking to quiet Phillies hitters, primarily Carlos Ruiz, who notoriously fares well against the Dodgers.

Ryu got off to a good start as he sat the Phillies down in order on nine pitches in the top of the first. Yasiel Puig reached in the bottom of the inning on a one-out double. Hanley Ramirez’ struggles at the plate continued as he struck out swinging for the second out. Puig moved to third on a ball that got away from Ruiz with Adrian Gonzalez at the plate. Burnett would walk Gonzalez on four straight balls, but got out of the jam by striking out Matt Kemp.

Despite an error on Ramirez that resulted in runners on first and second with one out, Ryu got out of the second inning unscathed. The Dodgers again had a runner reach second base in the bottom half as Dee Gordon singled and subsequently stole second. The bottom of order was unable to produce however, as Tim Federowicz took a called strike three and Ryu grounded out to end the inning.

Ryu allowed a pair of back-to-back singles to Burnett and Ben Revere at the start of the third. The latter of which was a ball that skipped off Gordon’s glove and likely should have been caught. The even-keeled Ryu worked himself out of the trouble with a strikeout and double play. Ruiz struck in the fourth with a one-out triple that Carl Crawford nearly reigned in. Ruiz would later get caught in a rundown on an ill-advised attempt to score on a ball hit to Juan Uribe.

Burnett and Revere again combined for consecutive singles, this time to leadoff the fifth. The Phillies were sure to not waste another opportunity as Marlon Byrd put an end to Ryu’s 18-inning scoreless streak with an RBI double. The Phillies added another run on a Ryan Howard sacrifice fly and led 2-0 going into the bottom of the fifth. The Dodgers quickly responded, led by a Federowicz double with no outs. From there, the Dodgers manufactured a run on a Ryu sacrifice bunt and Crawford sac fly that scored the catcher from third.

Ryu pitched a scoreless sixth inning and gave way to Chris Withrow in the top of the seventh with the Dodgers still trailing, 2-1. The right-hander retired the Phillies in order, in what was one of his stronger innings in recent memory. Gordon got the Dodgers going by stretching a routine single into a double. The speedy second baseman then stole third, was shaken up on the play, but remained in the game. After a Federowicz strikeout, Justin Turner pinch-hit for Withrow and lined a single to left, scoring Gordon and tying the game at 2-2. Turner then stole second to get in scoring position with Crawford due up and two away, but the left fielder was unable to break the tie.

Turner replaced Gordon at second base in the top of the eighth as part of a double switch that also brought in Brian Wilson. After getting Domonic Brown for the first out, Wilson hit Jayson Nix with a pitch. Nix was nailed trying to steal second and Wilson ended the top of the eighth by getting Freddy Galvis to fly out.

Mike Adams took over for the Phillies in the bottom of the eighth and retired the Dodgers in order. Kenley Jansen took the mound in the ninth and other than allowing a two-out single to Revere, had an easy inning. Antonio Bastardo, the Phillies’ third reliever of the night, relieved Adams at the start of the bottom of the ninth. Howard was unable to field a throw from Jimmy Rollins and Uribe was on board with one out. The game-winning run was left stranded at first as Scott Van Slyke and Federowicz both struck out to send the game into extra innings, the Dodgers’ fifth such game thus far.

J.P. Howell pitched the 10th inning for the Dodgers and fell victim to more Dodger blunders. Miscommunication between Crawford and Ramirez allowed a Ruiz pop-up to fall between them and the Phillies catcher wound up standing on second with just one out. Brown then doubled in Ruiz to give the Phillies a 3-2 lead. Jonathan Papelbon closed the game out, surviving a two-out Puig single and the Dodgers dropped their second consecutive game to the Phillies.

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Matt is a journalist from Whittier, California. A Cal State Long Beach graduate, Matthew occasionally contributes to Lakers Nation, and previously served as the lead editor and digital strategist at Dodgers Nation, and the co-editor and lead writer at Reign of Troy, where he covered USC Football. You can follow Matt on Twitter @mmoreno1015

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